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VIDEO: Feeling the heat at town's hottest sandwich shop
ARE you brave enough to try and make it into the Hall of Flame?
The Flaming Hell sandwich is not for the faint hearted and is a challenge for even the most courageous of chilli lovers.
The Sandwich Shop on Knutsford Road, Latchford, is offering up an eye-watering, sweat-inducing snack that is made from two of the most scorching chillies in the world, the Trinidad Scorpion and the Bhut Jolokia.
Creator Simon Nash, from Latchford, said: “It’s all about strategy. Only three people have finished the sandwich and they came in here with a plan.
“They did they did their research and knew the best way to tackle it.”
So far only 22 people have dared to take on the challenge and many have failed to conquer the scorching sarnie.
“It’s by no means a walk in the park but it is do able,” said Simon, who prepared the sandwich wearing latex gloves for protection.
The sandwich, which is priced at £9, is a fiery twist on the popular Philly cheese steak sandwich which is already sold in the shop.
The toasted panini is packed with sliced steak, sautéed onions and mushrooms with melted cheese and a splash of hot pepper sauce.
To create the Flaming Hell, the butter is replaced with chilli paste made up of scotch bonnet, finger chillies and bird’s chilli.
In our video, our photographer Ian tries the 'Flaming' sandwich.
The meat is then marinated in the Trinidad Scorpion and the Bhut Jolokia before adding chilli infused cheddar cheese for that extra punch.
Entertainment reporter David Morgan, who stepped up to the plate, said: “You’re lulled into a false sense of security because the heat from the chillies doesn’t kick in for about half a minute.
“So there’s a calm before the storm moment before the intensity hits you.
“I reckon I could do Simon’s challenge but I’d have to take the day off work and suffer for it.”
If you think you’re up to the challenge call 596929 to pre-order the Flaming Hell.
Chilli champions will get a Flaming Hell t-shirt to take home with them and will be welcomed into the Hall of Flame plus your sandwich will be on the house.
LAUREN HIRST SAYS
TRAVELLING around southeast Asia last year, I have had my fair share of fiery food experiences but they all pale in comparison to the Flaming Hell sandwich.
The heat kicks in after about 30 to 45 seconds so after my third mouthful I knew I would have to throw in the towel – much to my disappointment.
The chilli flavour quickly assaults your taste buds and I was soon gasping for a pint of milk.
I was, however, distracted for a few seconds while I pondered whether a scorpion in the mouth would be more pleasant that the Trinidad Scorpion chilli on the sandwich.
But I was quickly brought back to reality as the heat intensified and my throat began to tingle from the flavour of the medley of chillies that adds to the flaming part of the hell.
Around 30 minutes later, I had regained the feeling in my mouth and the experience assured me that picking Nando’s medium sauce all these years was the right decision.
Bhut Jolokia In northeast India, the chilli peppers are smeared on fences or used in smoke bombs as a safety precaution to keep wild elephants away.
In 2009, scientists in India announced plans to use the chilli peppers in hand grenades, as a non-lethal way to flush out terrorists from their hideouts and to control rioters.
The chilli is 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.
Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Trinidad Scorpion Moruga blend ranks as high as 2,009,231 Scoville heat units on the Scoville scale, making it the hottest chilli pepper in the world to date.
That means each chilli packs the heat of roughly 400 jalapenos.
Despite the intense chilli taste, its flavour has been labelled as ‘fruity and floral’.
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